Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Free Chicken


I received notification on my Facebook page that some fast food restaurant was giving away a free fried chicken dinner. For some reason I made a point to drive through and pick up some of the chicken. It looked really good, but I'd already eaten, so I took it home and put it in the fridge to be reheated later.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Talking Cat


There is a stray Siamese cat that hangs out near the place where I work. We've been feeding it for months. It's gotten used to us, but hasn't been tamed. My dream started out as basically a real life scene in which I arrived at work in the morning and the cat was there waiting for me to put its food out...

Then, suddenly, a random family pulled into the parking lot and wanted to visit my workplace. I vaguely remember these people spending some time inside the building. Eventually I remembered that I had never fed the cat, so I went to the door to see if it was still outside.

The cat was there, and when it saw me it asked, "Are you gonna feed me now?" I had no reaction except to casually say, "Yeah, in just a minute." I went on to prepare its food. I thought about how I'd have to tell my bosses that the cat was talking now, but it really didn't seem that strange at all!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Fireworks at the Church


I was at home, which in the case of this dream was a fictional apartment. It was almost bedtime when I got a phone call from an old lady telling me to turn on my TV. There was a patriotic special (sort of like an Independence Day thing) being hosted by Comedy Central's Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert and this lady, whoever she was, really wanted me to see it.

I vaguely recall watching the show, which was very funny, though I can't recall specifics anymore. All the while I stayed on the line with the mystery woman who would tell me related anecdotes as we watched. At one point she began to tell me how they celebrated the Fourth of July at her church. As she told me the story, the dream shifted so that suddenly I was actually there with her in her church as they celebrated.

The old lady and I were seated on a pew near the front of the medium-sized sanctuary. On the pulpit before us was a very small device which was emitting a very small indoor fireworks show. Oddly, it had all of the colors and types of explosions you'd expect to see in a major professional fireworks display, but all on a small enough scale to fit on this church's small pulpit. It was also visible on video screens posted from the ceiling. There was no sense of danger from this all being indoors, it was just "cool" that it was such a unique presentation.

After the fireworks, everyone in the church was dismissed. As we were standing to leave, I heard shouting in the back. Some fat, middle aged man in a sport coat and glasses was yelling and screaming "praise the Lord!!!" and such. The old lady told me to pay him no attention--"That's just so-and-so, and sometimes he gets this way".

As we made our way to exit, we passed the screaming fat man as he was getting up in people's faces warning them about the coming of the Lord and such. He was more than a little crazy. My last memory is seeing some ushers sneaking in to take care of the disturbance.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Under the Table


First I remember visiting someone's house with a handful of other people. The actress Kristen Stewart was there, and we began talking. I "recognized" her as we spoke, but there wasn't that sense of celebrity attached to it. (Also, I should add that it's really odd that she would turn up in a dream. I've never seen a movie she's been in, she's not a one of my "Hollywood crushes", etc. A totally arbitrary pop culture dream appearance.)

Kristen told me she wanted to show me something, so she took me into the empty dining room and we crawled under the table. The table was draped with a long tablecloth so that we were concealed from the outside once underneath. She then pointed out something about the pattern of the fabric on the inside of the cloth that she thought was really fascinating. I didn't really see what the big deal was, but I played along for her sake.

At this point we ended up kissing and then things suddenly began to get rather...heated...between us. And the next little bit of the dream is far too racy for me to transcribe here for public consumption.

After, we came out from under the table and rejoined the rest of the party. I only have the vaguest memories of other things going on at this point. Mainly I was just waiting for my next moment with Kristen. I think we stole some more kisses here and there, but I don't remember anything else to detailed as the previous scene.

Later I remember my parents telling me that we were going to go to Maggiano's for our family friend, Judy's, birthday. Maggiano's is an Italian restaurant I really love. The closest one is in Atlanta, so I don't get to go that often. In my dream, when my mom said the name, I knew it sounded familiar, but I couldn't place it. I remember just wracking my brain trying to think where I'd heard the name "Magianno's" before. Finally I remembered it was the Italian restaurant in Atlanta, and I couldn't wait to go.

My next memory is being seated at the restaurant. For some reason my friend Eric had joined the family for the occasion. I was privately trying to tell him about what had happened at the party from earlier in the dream.

Our waitress took our drink orders and left a pair of salt and pepper shakers on the table. They were sculpted to look like a cartoon woman and a cartoon dog. It was really cool. I remember Eric commenting on them, but can't recall what he said specifically.

From here on out, I mainly just remember thinking about what I wanted from the menu, and eventually my alarm went off.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

The Fickle Redhead


I was part of a crew filming a special that had something to do with puppets. I think they may have actually even been Muppets. I was behind a camera or something, and another crew member introduced me to another one who I'd not yet met. She was girl, down in a trench behind the set where they operated the puppets. She had bright red hair and a pale, milky-white complexion. Very pretty in a girl-next-door sort of way.

The girl and I locked eyes when we were introduced and you could just feel the sparks already starting to fly. The rest of the dream simply consisted of the two of us talking and getting to know each other better. We clicked on so many levels and it was so exciting, making me the happiest I could remember being in ages.

In the last part of the dream, we were going to some type of movie or play. Standing in the lobby she just abruptly announced that she "couldn't do this" and left. I was devastated, even as I felt it was a pretty typical outcome. The disappointment was so crushing that I woke up.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Disney Trip with an Unlikely Partner


I was going to Disney World with one of my ex girlfriend's sister. (I never had a "thing" for this sister, who was married anyway, and I haven't seen or thought about her in ages and ages, so her appearance here is pretty arbitrary).

I remember the two of us going through the security line at the airport, which was conspicuously low-tech and not at all crowded. I remember trying to unload my pockets and all my goods into the tray and for some reason, as dreams will sometimes do, I just couldn't do it right. I kept trying over and over, while the guards and the small line behind me grew increasingly frustrated.

After this I remember nothing about the dream until we were checking into our hotel at Disney. I think there was another family staying in the same suite with us, which was odd. I remember going to take a shower as soon as we arrived. When I got out of the shower, I was trying to find towels to dry with. There was a rack that had several of them, but the first one I tried was damp, like it had already been used, which was kind of gross.

I realized now that it was after 7 PM, and probably all four of the main parks were closing by now. We found out Downtown Disney would still be open for a while, so we thought we'd go there and shop.

First we decided to eat supper in a fancy steak restaurant that was attached to our hotel. The waitress, a really nice black lady, seated us in a U-shaped booth. The funny thing was, she seated herself in the middle of us! From that position she began to take our orders. And that's about all I recall.

We Were Laughing Kids


In real life, my younger cousin and I visited each other frequently when we were growing up. In my dream, it was as if we were both kids again and were spending the night at the house my family lived in at the time.

It was late and we were lying in bed just talking and joking like we used to often do when we should've been sleeping. Something we said really cracked us up, and we woke up my parents with our laughing. My dad came came to the door to tell us to be quiet and go to sleep, but the door was locked. For some reason this made us laugh even harder.

I'm pretty sure I actually laughed in my sleep, as I sort of vaguely woke up for a minute. I went right back to sleep and was dreaming of eating breakfast and trying to remember what had been so funny.

Simple and silly as it was, it was a nice dream in that parts of it really felt like revisiting times gone by.